Lifting souls with praise, Detroit parish honors city's rich jazz heritage (PHOTOS)

Choir members sing Sept. 3 at St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit during the third annual Mass to Honor Detroit's Jazz Heritage, which celebrates the rich heritage of one of Detroit's most prominent musical styles and its contributions to the cultural patrimony of the Church. (Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

DETROIT — Worshipping God in a uniquely Detroit style, hundreds gathered Sept. 3 at St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit, singing praise with jazz accompaniment in a soulful spirit of prayer.

The third annual Mass to Honor Detroit's Jazz Heritage, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit's Office of Black Catholic Ministry, featured traditional jazz instrumentation, praise music and a homily by Fr. Marko Djonovic. Attendees gathered for a reception after Mass.

The celebration recognized the unique history of jazz in the Detroit community, as well as the contributions the style has made in building up the Catholic faith of the city.

(Photos by Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

Related: Watch a video of last year's Mass to Honor Detroit's Jazz Heritage



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